The Kingdom of God is Like a Virtual Choir

November 2, 2011

If you ever love to sing, as I do, I think you’ll find this amazing. Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre had a crazy idea: He’d post a video of himself conducting one of his vocal pieces, but without a choir. The virtual choir would be provided by individuals replying with their own videos of themselves singing.

How had I not heard about this? I happened to stumble across a TED talk where Whitacre explains his first such project, uploaded to YouTube on in May 2010:

A virtual choir doesn’t reflect the communal nature of a face-to-face choir. But there’s something magical about this that’s hard to explain. People from various nations and across a span of time, each a unique individual but knit together by one person with a vision. The result: beauty beyond the music.

Here, in its entirety, is Virtual Choir 2.0:

Beauty beyond the music. The kingdom of God is like a virtual choir…

Do you agree? What are your thoughts/feelings upon watching this?

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.